Emotional Recovery & Health

  • Neurochemistry of Toxicity and Emotions as the Brain Wakes Up

  • Working Through and Coping with Neurological Processes

  • Emotions or Feelings and Coping With Stress & Uncomfortable Emotions

  • Co-Occurring Disorders & Sadness and Depression

  • Understanding and Coping With Guilt, Shame, Anxiety, Worry, Fear & Boredom

  • Understanding Grief and Loss & Developing a Plan to Cope With Grieving

  • On-Going Emotional Recovery, Hidden Fear, Outward Defenses, and Ways to Express Emotions

  • Anger, Expressing Anger & The MisManagement of Anger

  • Understanding Resentments & Anger and Anger Management Techniques

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Neurochemistry of Toxicity and Emotions as the Brain Wakes Up (pages: Subject 5-8 – 5-13)
Positive Beginning; Toxicity Defined; Toxicity and Brain States; Brain States; Brain on Drugs, Acute Withdrawal Brain, Post Acute Withdrawal Brain, The Recovering Brain; Vicious Cycle; Toxicity Affects Perception; Toxicity Affects Thinking; Effects of Toxicity; The Brain Wakes Up From Toxicity; Effects on Emotions in The Waking Up Process; Group Discussions; Here are Some Helpful Hints On the Care of Depression Monsters” Inspirational Handout; Positive Closure

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Working Through and Coping with Neurological Processes (pages: Subject 5-15 – 5-24)
Positive Beginning; Augmentation Intensifies Emotions; Blaming Internal Emotions on External People, Places, and Things; Animal Studies; Working Through and Coping With Neurological Processes; First, Lighten Up J; Don’t Analyze or Psychologize Augmented Emotions; Short-Term Pain Equals Long-Term Gain; Discomfort and Pain Can Be Necessary, Helpful, and Motivating; Suppressed Feelings Come Out Somewhere; Difficulty in Sharing Feelings Is Common; Don’t Let The Emotions Drive Your Bus; The Recovery Process and Emotions; Over-Reacting and Under-Reacting; Feelings Are Not Always Accurate; Delaying Response Gives Time to Check Out Over Our Under-Reactions; Balance Between Suppressing and Overly Expressing Emotions; Facing Emotions Without Addictive Behaviors Takes Courage; Identifying Feelings; Uncomfortable Emotional States; Unhealthy Ways of Reacting to Intense or Unpleasant Feelings; Becoming Aware of Feelings and Emotions in Recovery; Group Discussions; “Risk Taking Is Free Inspirational Handout; Positive Closure

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Emotions or Feelings and Coping With Stress & Uncomfortable Emotions (pages: Subject 5-1 – 5-7)
Positive Beginning; Emotions or Feelings; Emotions Are Not “Good or Bad” or “Right or Wrong”; Emotions Are Brought About By External and Internal Factors; Intensity Levels of Emotions; Feelings May Be Signs of a Problem or Are Just Typical Emotions; Avoiding Painful Emotions; Dissociation or Suppression of Emotions; Families Give Messages About Emotions; Messages From Society About Expressing Emotions; Trying to Control Psychiatric Symptoms; Projecting Emotions Onto Others; Personal Attitudes About Certain Emotions; Substance Abuse Creates an Emptiness or “Void”; Using Substances to Fill The “Void”; Mistaken Beliefs Contribute to Low Self-Esteem and Self-Doubt; Addictions Alter or Change Emotional States; Early Recovery Produces Exaggerated Emotional Responses; “Personal Emotions Management Plan: Coping with Stress & Uncomfortable Emotions Without Drinking and/or Drugging” Worksheet Handout & Exercise; Positive Closure

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Co-Occurring Disorders & Sadness and Depression (pages: Subject 5-43 – 5-48)
Positive Beginning; Co-Occurring Disorders and Depression; Reasons for Sadness and Depression; Depressive Disorders Co-Occurring With Substance Disorders; When Something More Is Needed; Coping With Depression; Get Busy and Take Action; Eat; Move; Wash; Do Something; Drown the Noise of Habitual Negativity; Get Outside Of Yourself; Develop Realistic Expectations; Pace Yourself & Be Patient; “Here Are Some Helpful Hints On the Care of Depression Monsters” Inspirational Handout; Positive Closure

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Understanding and Coping With Guilt, Shame, Anxiety, Worry, Fear & Boredom (pages: Subject 5-57 – 5-66)
Positive Beginning; Guilt; Shame; Origins of Shame; Moving Through Shame; Anxiety, Worry, and Fear; Anxiety Disorders; Withdrawal From Substances and Anxiety; Forms of Anxiety; Co-Occurring Disorders and Anxiety; Anxiety is Difficult to Work Through; Worry; Choosing to Live Without Worry; Managing Anxiety; Fear; Understanding Fear; Healthy Fear Versus Unhealthy Fear; Fear About Recovery Is Natural; Fear Is a Normal Response to New Situations – Even Treatment; Don’t Let Fear Keep You From Moving Forward; Working Through Fear; Boredom; Socializing Can Be Difficult; Develop a Plan to Cope With Boredom; Socializing Can Be Difficult; Develop a Plan to Cope with Boredom; Learning to Have Fun Without Alcohol and Drugs; “Recovery Letting Go” Inspirational Handout; Positive Closure

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Understanding Grief and Loss & Developing a Plan to Cope With Grieving (pages: Subject 5-48 – 5-56)
Positive Beginning; Understanding Grief; What Grief Is Not; What Grief Is; Gender, Culture, and The Grieving Process; Stages of The Grief Process; The Difference Between Grieving and Depression; Coping With Grief; Grief and Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders; The Grieving Process; Losses Related to Psychiatric or Substance Disorders; Physical Signs of Grieving; What You Can Do For Yourself When Experiencing Grief; Working Through Grief; “Personalized Grief Discovery and Coping” Exercise; “Recovery Letting Go” Inspirational Handout; Positive Closure

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On-Going Emotional Recovery, Hidden Fear, Outward Defenses, and Ways to Express Emotions (pages: Subject 7-8 – 7-15)
Positive Beginning; Ongoing Emotional Recovery: Frozen Feelings; Emotional Pain Is Okay, Even Helpful at Times, Trust the Process; Identifying Emotions; Coping With Unpleasant Emotions; Defenses and Masks; Hidden Fear – Frozen Feelings; Inward Hidden Emotions or Fear & Outwardly Acting Out Behaviors; Origins of Fear; Defenses Protect From Fear Inside; Natural Fear Versus Unnatural Fear; Realistic Versus Unrealistic Fears; Finding Ways to Express Emotions; Sharing Feelings With Others; Group Discussion; “Things I Have Learned” Inspirational Handout; Positive Closure

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Anger, Expressing Anger & The MisManagement of Anger (pages: Subject 5-32 – 5-37)
Positive Beginning; Anger Helps Us Survive; Intensity of Anger; Situations That Trigger Anger; Anger Cycle; Anger as a Secondary Emotion; Myths About Anger; Diverting and Suppressing Anger; Suppressed Anger May Lead to Passive-Aggressive Personality Traits; Messages About Anger From Families and Childhood; Ways of Avoiding or Suppressing Anger; Reasons People Suppress or Don’t Express Anger; Externalizing Anger By Dumping It On Others; Mismanagement of Anger Leads to Problems; Inappropriate Expressions of Anger; “Anger” Group Discussions; Positive Closure

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Understanding Resentments & Anger and Anger Management Techniques (pages: Subject 5-38 – 5-42)
Positive Beginning; Resentments; Self-Pity Is Also Anger; Managing Personal Anger; Benefits of Expressing Anger Assertively; “Managing Personal Anger”  Exercise; First, Accept Responsibility For Your Anger; Second, Identify Anger Triggers, Cues, and Management Strategies; Changing Thinking to Positive Self-Talk; Anger Management Strategies; Acknowledge Fear; Ask Important Questions; Communicate Assertively; Practice Relaxation Techniques; Change The Way You Think; Get Social Support; Change Your Environment If Possible; Practice Anger Management; “Risk Taking Is Free” Inspirational Handout; Positive Closure

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